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hurricane matthew still a strong category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. we've been feeling pretty strong tropical storm force winds here where we are in san marco just alongside the st. john's river. let me give you an idea closer to the beach what's being felt. the storm surge as predicted now five to nine feet. those areas were under a mandatory evacuation, neptune beach, we know the storm surge here expected to be three feet. that's down from the six to nine that was forecast earlier but still according to the mayor's office three feet still life threatening. many communities here alongside the st. john's river flood during an afternoon thunderstorm, during a nor'easter. but with this sustained rain over the last couple days now and the storm surge, no question the community of san morocco, riverside seeing some flooding
issues. we know that the national weather service here in jacksonville has issued a flash flood warning until 6:15 p.m. we're told that they're asking everyone to move to higher ground. also the jacksonville sheriff's office telling people do not go outside until you get the all clear from the emergency operations center. that's not expected to come for several hours as our own chad myers tells us the worst of hurricane matthew is not going to hit the first coast of florida until maybe three hours from now. now, the same dog barking at jacksonville bit daytona earlier today. boris sanchez is, there he saw windows broken out of hotels, a lot of damage, sheet metal blowing down the street. we got boris sanchez there, we had difficulty trying to get you last hour. what yo are you seeing there now? >> victor, our video capabilities have been in and out all day as you can imagine
with weather like this. if you hear that loud noise behind us, it's a generator helping to power at least half of our hotel because it's lost power. i want to paint the picture for you. if you look down the street there are several police officers that have just arrived in what appears to be the parking lot of a burger king. i'm not sure why they're there but i saw them talking with someone that was walking around that area. this gives you an idea of what we're seeing throughout daytona. officials getting a good idea and securing people and property. just a few moments ago as we were doing a live shot a huge piece of sheet metal came off the roof of our hotel and landed a few feet away from us. we had to dance away as it was moving in the wind. though we are now in the southwest corner of the storm, which is supposed to be the weakest portion of the storm, the wind gusts are extremely strong. and you can see that piece of sheet metal still right there. just one of many examples of
debris we've seen become projectiles today. as we were standing in front of the lobby you mentioned the glass that broke through as we were standing there. there was a large crash and an awning above us in the loop in front of the lobby and we got quickly out of the way as a huge chunk of what turns out to be wall and window of the hotel we're staying in crashed right in front of us. we got inside and moments later the awning we were standing under, a pile of wood came right through literally where we were standing shattering glass in front of us. fortunately we had gotten out of the way but it's another example of the close calls you face when you're looking at conditions like this. another thing i've seen here, a ton of people walking the street to make pictures. just a moment ago there was a guy driving around in a clown mask. gives you an idea of the kind of person that would come out here to do whatever that guy was doing. not a very good idea to be outside in these conditions even
though the storm is mostly gone, conditions out here are still very dangerous. even as the storm is at its worst, we were still seeing people walking around taking pictures. one guy came out in his pickup truck and started doing doughnuts in the middle of an intersection. fortunately that guy was apprehended. he's been arrested. hopefully we don't see that as the storm moves further north and people heed the warnings as they should, victor. >> boris sanchez there for us in daytona beach. the threat is very real there. any standing water, although you may live in that community and you think you know what's under that water, after the storm that passed through that community, it is very possible that you don't know what's there and, of course, with those downed power lines the question, are any of them live and you could be in some really serious danger if you get close to any of those. again, our thanks to boris sanchez there. we are seeing the ebb and flow that is the signature of these type of storms, chad myers at the cnn weathercenter, as the
wind picks up occasionally and the rain, those stronger bands being more frequent, chad, i'm going to come to you and ask who's next? how long are we going to see what we're seeing in jacksonville? talk more about the storm surge if you would because those seem to be the key words for officials in florida. >> you bet. st. mary's is next, that's in georgia, in brunswick and even up toward tybee island. right now it's st. augustine and into the jacksonville beach area with significant erosion, seeing a lot of erosion and even some road gone on flagler beach. this storm is still very close, almost parallel to st. augustine and it will be moving to the north to jacksonville parallel with that in about three hours or so. the good news with this storm, victor, is that it's stayed 10 miles far enough offshore that only the western eye wall touched land today. and we said that. if it was in the ocean, we would lose less. there would be so much less damage than if it was just on
shore. billions of dollars less damage with only a ten-mile deviation with this storm. great news there. now, there was some damage, i get it, but not like it would have occurred. this could have been a devastating storm. even that little point that sticks out here in cape canaveral, seven miles offshore, just as it sticks out they had a gust of 107. we haven't had any gusts like that closer to land and we would have had gusts at least 120 had that not occurred. good news there. i guess you'd call it dodged a bullet when it comes to wind damage but i don't think that may be the same story when it comes to surge damage. this storm will go from where it is to just about savannah and turn to the right to charleston and that i believe the earth, here you go, the part of the united states right here, will curve before the storm does. so there will be a landfall somewhere here in the carolinas before it turns out the sea. if that happens, that's where the surge will occur, that's where the water will be eight to
ten feet above where it should be. we're seeing the surge in places like st. mary's. we're seeing a surge of three feet into charleston and we're already seeing surge farther up the east coast and that's still hundreds of miles away. we don't even get close enough here to make the surge for about ten more hours when it comes to savannah, hilton head, and so the water is already coming up, we get high tides, there will be significant flooding and that's always been the risk, victor. >> and of course as you say this area and several areas dodged a bullet as it relates to the wind, chad, we know with these storms the majority of the deaths are related to the water to the flooding, to the rain there. this still is a very dangerous storm although as you say a bullet dodged with the wind. let's take a walk to a few miles south to the community of orange park, to clay county, florida, which is really part of the metropolitan jacksonville area. we have on the phone with us john ward who is the head of
emergency management in clay county. john good to have you with us. we don't want to ignore orange park and clay county so close to jacksonville as we've talked about the river city. what are you seeing there? your biggest concerns at this shower in. >> well, i think as you've heard many people mention, it's the storm surge, for us it's along the river. we have the st. john's river that flows north into the ocean so we're getting significant surge and swelling down the river which is flooding our estuaries, we've been seeing the winds bands. they'll continue and get worse as the evening progresses, we've seen widespread power outages and trees down. >> are you seeing flooding of streets and homes there and businesses? give us an idea of damage reports you're getting. >> we are seeing right now water coming up over the barrier walls, coming up into the estuaries and, again, we won't feel the worst of this until later on so we are confident we
are going to have many homes that are flooded. we're confident we're going to have many homes that are flooded as the worst part of it comes in later on this evening. >> are your first responders still able in these conditions as we feel a bit of a breeze, stronger winds, actually, coming through right now? are they still able to get to people calling for help, calling for rescue? >> we are doing that geographically. our county is 642 square miles so we have some portions of the county that are under high winds and others that are not so we have geographic command areas set up responding accordingly and if not holding the calls and moving in at that point. >> john ward for us there, head of emergency management in clay county which is just south of where i am in jacksonville. john, keep us updated if conditions change there. we will continue our live special coverage of hurricane matthew here from jacksonville.
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i'm victor blackwell live in jacksonville awaiting the arrival of hurricane matthew which is still a strong category 3 with sustained winds of 20 miles per hour. of course the storm surge is the concern in downtown jacksonville all along the st. john's river. we've been hearing reports and seeing pictures on social media of downed trees, localized flooding. we have our rosa flores who is out in jacksonville roving around taking a look at the damages in communities there. rosa, what are you seeing?
>> well, you know, we're seeing the storm surge you were just talking about and i want to show you because we were actually here yesterday, my team and i. and we were able to drive past where i'm walking right now, probably about 10 meters or so because water is not supposed to be here. and you can see if you take a look that in this inlet, the water, the surge, is rolling at a good clip. you can see there are still boats out here and if you closely at this house that's right next to me you can see this is debris. this is debris that is coming from the back of the this house, according to the neighbor i talked to moments ago who decided to wait out the storm here instead of evacuating. as you know, that's one of the big boar reis from officials
here in jacksonville, the fact that people did not evacuate. let me just measure the water here, victor, really quickly just to give you a sense, again, we were on this street yesterday, right now it's at about 11 inches going to about 12 inches. we're starting to get more rain and so of course these conditions continue to deteriorate. i want to get us into the rolling vehicle because we're going to be able to show you what some of these streets look like. like you were saying, victor, we've seen downed trees. we can see lims he limbs here. a huge worry for first responders because we know a lot of these trees can become flying projectiles. you can see shingles here also. just another one of those things. you can see palm trees, a lot of lines, another huge worry. now i'm going to hop in this
vehicle here so that we can start taking a look and you'll see for yourself the conditions we're seeing in this particular neighborhood. now we are like you mentioned, victor, along the st. john's river. the st. john's river has a lot of different inlets. they're almost like little fingers that go into neighborhoods and those fingers are surrounded by homes so that's where we're driving here, along one of those fingers that comes out of the st. john's river. now the storm surge expected in the st. john's river is probably about three feet in this area. now we can show you what this looks like. there's a lot of debris on the roads. you can see some people did not evacuate. you see cars and in many cases
even debris that people set out before the storm. they were trying to cut tree limbs and branches to try to avoid that but then, of course first responders tell us that's not a great idea if you put it right in front of your house because that turns into projectiles. we'll make a turn quickly and we'll be able to show you some of -- some more of what we're seeing in this particular neighborhood but victor if you can hear me, you know, you and i have been talking about this particular storm here. a lot of people did not evacuate, so that's one of the big worries. when we look at these neighborhoods we were driving here last night. we could see people inside these homes waiting out the storm, a huge concern for first responders. victor? >> 450,000 we're told by if mayor's office of the more than 800,000 people who live in the city. so a little more than half here but still the request was for so
many to leave, some mandatory evacuation zones. rosa flores covering the storm in a way only cnn can. rosa, thank you so much. as we've talked about evacuat n evacuations and those who have heeded the warnings and calls from local officials, there are some who are still keeping an eye on their homes as they heed those warnings and requests. let's go to grant and ray lynch. they have a host in palm coast here in florida about 60 miles south of where i am in jacksonville and they are watching from lake mary via security cam and we have some of that video watching with you. thanks for joining us. give us an idea of what you're seeing and how you've seen the conditions change over the last several hours. >> this is ray, i'm grant's father. it's been pretty crazy. last night we were watching the security camera and couldn't see anything because it was night but as the day progressed and
light came up we were kind of watching the waves and i saw them go over the dune and i told my wife "just watch." and we couldn't believe what we saw. it was -- it just started coming and when it hit the glass windows, i thought the glass was shatter because it went up to the top of the glass. >> there was rocks coming from the beach hitting the windows. it was crazy. >> i'm watching this video with you. as you're watching it, what's going through your mind? >> i've never seen anything like it, i've never seen the water even get that far to the house. it's 150 feet away from our house to the dunes and once you go from the dunes to the ocean it's another 200 feet so the waves had to be ten plus waves to get to our house. >> we've heard from our meteorologist that the storm surge along the jacksonville beaches, it's five to nine feet, probably something similar down south, 60 miles from where we are there along palm coast.
are you speaking with your neighbors? what are you hearing from them? did any of them stay behind? >> no, nobody stayed behind. as you can see now on the tv, that's the back of the house where we boarded it up and put about 50 sandbags in front of those glass doors and that's a picture of how high the dune is from the water if you're out in the ocean. so it came up pretty high. i'd be surprised if it wasn't over 15 to 20 feet. >> and those sandbags were 60 to 80 pounds and that wave moved them like they weren't even there. >> you know, grant, ray, as we're watching this video, it seems like anning of decision to evacuate when you're seeing the reason officials asked so many to leave but before we saw the storm come and we saw this damage, why did you make the decision to leave? the decision that frankly so many did not? >> we really wanted to stay, we almost turned back to go back to the house because we had
valuables we really wanted to remove because we didn't think the storm was going to be as bad as it was but as predictions came out i'm like we need to go back and by that time the bridges had already closed. >> grant and ray lynch, we're watching security camera footage of their home in palm coast 60 miles south of where i am in jacksonville. you're seeing the water lap up against their house, a significant surge of what has been from officials the major concern from the start of this storm. we thank you both for sharing that video and your story with us. but, again, an example of why officials for days have asked people along the coast of florida and georgia and the carolinas to leave, to head west. because they saw coming what we're seeing now. so many people unfortunately did not leave. we'll continue live special coverage of hurricane matthew and the impact as it continues up the east coast of florida. we'll be right back. ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪
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hi, i'm brianna keilar, we will get right back to victor black well in jacksonville and our breaking news coverage of hurricane matthew in just a moment but let's talk politics. two days before donald trump and hillary clinton face off in their second debate and for her part clinton is holed up in a hotel in new york prepping for sunday's rematch. trump held a town hall in new hampshire and he insists it was not debate prep. we asked a few in the mostly friendly crowd how he did. >> he likes to joke and i think people get him a little bit better. he's more down to earth and i
think he comes across a little better in situations like this. >> they've got to stop all of the deviating and all this going off track on things we don't care about. i don't care about his 1995 taxes, to be coatly honest. i don't care. right now we're in 2016. i care about what's going on in our nation now. >> i've been following trump even before he announced his presidency. i've been following him on facebook and everything he says i just totally agree with. everything he's been saying my father and i have been saying for like ten years. >> let's discuss this with cnn chief political correspondent dana bash and cnn national political reporter maeve reston. we'll talk about the town hall and these expectations in just a moment but first i want to ask you about something we just learned. hurricane matthew, you had the clinton team asking to extend the voter registration deadline which is tuesday in florida. governor rick scott who is a republican and trump supporter
said no, we're not going to do that. maeve, give us a sense of what the discretion he has on this, if politics may be at play and if there's a precedent for this? >> well, politics certainly may be at play here because obviously he's supporting donald trump and -- but this is kind of a gray area just in terms of voter registration, all of the different states handle this differently but we know in 2011, for example, the governor of connecticut delayed voter registration after a storm to give people more time to register and of course there's also other examples that aren't so much voter registration but making sure people could vote like after hurricane katrina and rita and, of course, superstorm sandy where you had new york providing voter shuttles to new polling places. so there's certainly a precedent for making accommodations for
people who are affected by this storm, right now governor scott doesn't seem inclined to change his mind so we'll see how that goes. >> i know, dana, you might not be surprised by this decision. >> no. look, governor scott is a supporter of donald trump, was even during the primaries and just was sort of communicating with some republicans in florida asking, frankly, almost rhetorically if rick scott were a democrat would he have said no? and the answer was "what do you think?" so of course there's politics at play here. there's no question about it. just historically democrats tend to be more aggressive in registering voters and doing it closer to the deadline which is why robbie mook, the campaign manager for hillary clinton, made the plea to extend the deadline in florida because it's such a swing state and as we know, every vote does count, especially in the state of
florida and just by way of comparison, maeve was talking about the historical comparisons. look at south carolina also in the path of this storm. that republican governor did extend the deadline there so it just gives you a little bit of a different take, south carolina is not a swing state so the stakes aren't as high there. >> certainly. so we have the big town hall coming up on sunday, anderson cooper is going to moderate this. maeve this can be a tricky format. donald trump hasn't had a ton of experience doing this. he has this town hall last night even though he's insisting it wasn't debate prep and even though you had questions funneled through a radio host so it wasn't a one-on-one with voters we're going to expect pund, when you watched that, what did you take away from what donald trump is going to bring or needs to improve on? >> what i took away from it is that he's not that interested in practice at this point. all three of us have covered tons of town halls in new hampshire in the past and it's very rare that you would have a
pre-selected audience like that and one host pre-selecting the questions and they were really a lot of them laughable softballs like that about his childhood memory and the world series. so that clearly was not a format that will prepare him for the tough questions that he will face in the debate on sunday. but this is a tricky format. there are a lot of things to think about when you're on that stage, not just the space between you and your opponent but how you connect with the voters in the audience while still landing attacks on your opponent and whether you can show command of the stage but not wander around too much like mccain famously did in one town hall meeting. so there's a lot to think about and practice and donald trump would be well served looking at some of that tape. >> and dana, real quick as we get back to hurricane coverage, what is your expectation? what does he need to do? what does hillary clinton need to do? >> there was one moment last night, brianna, where he said
"i'm not doing this for practice. my staff thinks i'm a child." something along those lines which made me chuckle because that is the reason they added this town hall. not because they think he's a child but because they couldn't get him to practice in the traditional way and this was their best shot. they are doing practice inside trump tower today, much smaller groups than they had before. it got unruly, i was told. reince priebus, the rnc chair, chris christie, his friend from new jersey who made last night's town hall happen so that is the kind of thing they're at least trying to change a little bit when it comes to his debate prep but he's just not interested in doing it, he feels he's best off the cuff and that's how he'll approach sunday. >> they're forcing them to do his home work. but he did it last night so we'll see how sunday turns out. dana bash, maeve reston, thank you so much to both of you. we will be back with live breaking news coverage of hurricane matthew. but, first, here's a look at some of the damage that this cat
3 storm has already left in its wake. >> the wind is whipping the trees out here and of course the big concern are these power lines up here. we'll get out of here for our own safety but we wanted to show you, this is the worst of the damage we've seen. you can't even tell there's a house behind this massive mound of trees here on hampton road in daytona beach. >> we'll many melbourne by the causeway. it's still closed right now as lots of people are waiting to get across the bridge and see what kind of damage has been done to their homes. we're watching f-dot turning people around. it's a near parking lot. they're not leaving. people are just that anxious to wait for the causeway to open and make their way across and see what happened to their homes. >> category three storms are capable of bringing down some pretty large-sized trees which is exactly what has happened here. 40 that power line looks tenuous
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i'm victor blackwell live in jacksonville, florida. we are still several hours out, maybe three hours away from feeling the worst of hurricane matthew. still a solid category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. but we just felt a very strong gust, you can see the palm trees here are submitting to the strong wind, the rain continuing as it has for more than a day now causing localized flooding, downed trees, more than 100,000 customers according to jea, the
power company here, without power and still two hours out from feeling the worst of this storm. now, this is an emergency for states up and down the southeast coast -- florida, georgia, south carolina, north carolina. let's go up to georgia and the city of savannah. we spoke with chatham county officials earlier today about the mandatory evacuation, so many people heeding that warning and getting out of the county. we're told 75% of the people got out of the way. sara ganim is there in savannah near the water now and, again, storm surge a concern up and down the coast. what are you seeing, sara? >> hi, victor, yeah, i'm on one of those barrier islands near the coast of georgia where you can see, this is the reason we've been talking about preparations all day. you can see this is the beginning of the flooding, the beginning of a storm surge and the wind for the first time today has picked up here in the savannah area.
these gusts, they're quite -- they're a lot to feel when you're standing out here. this is an area home to more than 30,000 georgia residents who were told yesterday, they need to evacuate. you can see why. look at this water, these are homes out here. this water is rising quickly and this is just the beginning. it's just now for the first time that we're seeing those really gloomy gray skies turn into dark skies. the scary part of the storm when you look outside and see those skies getting dark, victor, you've lived in florida for a long time. you know when it gets dark that's when it starts to get bad during these storms. like i said, this flooding, this is the beginning of the surge. i talked to residents earlier today who were evacuating from this area in anticipation of this take a listen to what some of those residents are going through as they leave this area,
victor. >> well, because most of all i was scared. i'm not sure how this storm is -- well, this hurricane is going to hit so i have to be more safe than story and think about my kids first. >> you have kids, you have neighbors, a lot of them did not leave. are you worried about them? >> yes, i really am. you know, my aunt came over and awoke me to actually leave because i was going to make the decision to stay. like i said, my whole life is here so leaving at saul a big heartache for me so with my neighbors i just hope everything works out for them because a lot of them are staying. >> what were you able to grab to bring with you? >> well, i basically grabbed one suitcase, all of our stuff is in it. i had to pack for three kids and a dog. >> victor, you know, you heard the evacuate was high but we were driving around these islands and sue a few people
still out. officials urging them please leave as soon as you can. now is the time, the sense of urgency is here, they need to get out. as you can see the water is rising. wind gusts are rising as well in intensity the storm is headed this way, as the local and city officials, even the president of the united states said, this area could see a storm surge up to 11 feet. victor? >> sara ganim there for us in savannah. you're right, now is the time as we heard from officials in st. lucie county, they asked people to leave and at the tight of the storm there was one woman who needed help, going into cardiac arrest and because they could not get to her that woman tragically died. she is the only, thus far, storm-related death here in the u.s. but, of course, that's because she was there when they asked her that she leave as part of that evacuation. i want to stay in georgia and go to camden county with the
emergency operations management there. and steve howard who is the camden county administrator. steve, good of you to be with us in such a busy time. what's the worst you're seeing? >> we're starting to see now some of the big effects, we're starting to see flooding in the downtown st. mary's river front area and we're concerned about that and make sure vehicles remain off the road and it's important that those that did not evacuate that would remain indoors. we were expecting catastrophic damage for our area it's very close to our coast so it's critically important citizens understand what is in store for them and ensure they remain safe. >> those who have not evacuated do you have any idea, even a ballpark estimate, of how many people left the area in anticipation of hurricane
matthew? >> we don't know purr sentages but we did receive lots of national a lot of folks did leave this area. we instituted a voluntary evacuation on october 5. we thought that was important to begin that process and made a decision the following day when we had the most information that we could to make a best-informed decision to encourage mandatory evacuation and last night we did that as well for one final plea and as well as code red notifications to the citizens county wide to encourage them to leave now when you can because when the weather deteriorates it's too late so it's really important to ensure that they did find safety and to continue to move out of this county. >> and we're learning up and down the coast that there is a false sense of security because many of the people who have moved to this coast or have been here for some time and never
experienced a hurricane feel like everything is going to be okay and they stay any way when, indeed, they should leave and they're seeing farther south why that was the prudent choice. steve holland, thank you there, the county administrator in camden county, georgia. we're going to take a quick break and continue our live special coverage of hurricane matthew still a solid category 3 storm with 120 mile per hour sustained winds just off the east coast of florida. we asked people to write down the things they love to do most on these balloons. travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income... we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges.
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i've been following jacksonville twitter office and they're telling people to go infaninsid. telling people to go inside. please heed the warning. pictures of their officers sand bagging the substations as the flooding begin where's they are, trying to protect their resources as well the this storm is of course battering the east coast of florida and there's been one-related death. don't forget about the hundreds of people killed earlier this week in haiti more than 280 people who lost their lives from this storm and the expectation is that that number could go higher. let's go to port au prince and we have with us assistant country director for care. thank you for being with us and
sharing the photographs what you're seeing there. give us an idea what you're seeing is the greatest need. >> there's an area in the west we haven't been able to access until today. today is the first day we're able to see the area and what we're seeing is that the situation is very bad. house that's are completely torn apart. roofs are torn off. the wind has just damaged all of the trees. it's just looking really like a nightmare. we're really seeing terrible effects from this hurricane. >> we know the infrastructure is a structure exceptionally now six years after the earthquake that shook haiti and still so many people are not people are not getting assistance because of the inability to get to those
families. not much damage we know in the city but outside of that major city still so much that needs to get to those families. assistant country director for care in haiti, thank you so much for being with us. cnn is covering this hurricane in a way only our team can we're spread across florida, south carolina, north carolina, georgia as well. we'll go now to ryan todd in south carolina and the crew in florida. both watching the damage in florida and as preparations continue in south carolina. let me start with you ryan young who is there on coco beach at last check. what are you hearing as this storm continues to head north? >> we wanted to show you some of the damage. this is a big way to show it to you. look at the size here, this fell
apparently just last night. they heard a large bang and you look at the size of it. in fact it's almost like a sail right now we're trying to stay back i'm almost 6'0" you see how much taller it is from me. this could still topple. they've been without power for four hours. more than 400 people are at this hotel. they are sheltering some people who weren't able to get off this area pause they were worried about the storm. what are we seeing all over the place, debris like this. you see how dangerous this could be from flying around in the air. we're noticing a lot of people trying to get home in coco beach but police stopping them. >> all right let's have preparations in charleston. >> preparations are going to have to stop pretty soon because it's hitting us in earnest in the last couple minutes. major rain squall has been pounding us in charleston this
is the ashley river, you can see how close it is to this parking area. we're going to back up a little bit. this place was flooded a little bit while ago. our photo journalist eddie is going to pan up a little bit. if you can show them this is the james river connector bridge. they're going to close it down when winds get up to 40 miami dolphins when winds get up to 40 miles an hour or higher. this parking lot was covered it has reseeded but you can see the water levels are very close to the parking lots and to the streets here. under normal circumstances they're expecting eight to eleven feet of storm surge in the coming hours in charleston. it's just now starting in earnest. some of these areas will undoubtedly be flooded. they say that's where the dangerous lies for the residents that have chosen to stay. >> yeah carolina beyond preparation time nower to the
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welcome to the lead. i'm jake tapper. we have a lot of breaking news let's start with hurricane matthew holding its strength as a powerful, deadly category 3 storm. the first storm-related death was a woman who had a heart attack. medics stopped responding to calls because of dangerous high winds. we learn of staggering death toll out of haiti, over 500 people killed there after the hurricane barrelled through. at times the wind gusts clocked at 120